“I’m way more comfortable,” Gardner said. “Last year was my first year starting, and it was rough, a lot of ups and downs, a lot of adversity. A lot of adversity I fought through, and I feel like I did a really good job of never giving up, never giving up on myself and my teammates. I feel my teammates recognized that, and my coaches recognized that, and I feel like that will help me.”
Jordan Kovacs if he was 25 years older and not good at football
Previously On MGoBlog
Probably left a few comments here and there. Maybe a diary.
Once got to hold the Brown Jug.
Admit it: you've had that dream where you're a member of the Michigan football team. You're hardly alone. No matter your actual talent and experience in football—or in my case the almost total lack thereof—if you're on this site you've probably already committed an embarrassingly large portion of your subconscious to inventing scenarios where you'd get to touch the banner, to sing The Victors in the locker room with a rose in your teeth, to knock your winged helmet against a silver one with bird poop stickers all over it.
Then you think about the various permanent complaints your body might have after four or five years of that. So maybe just for like two days. Two days spent living the life of a Michigan Wolverine. Too bad they don't sell tha…
For 48 hours you are a Michigan football player. You check into the team hotel, and arrive at team meetings 15 minutes early (or else you're late). You get assigned a jersey number and meet your coaches, Brady Hoke and Lloyd Carr, and their staff, and have dinner in the Stadium Club with a squad's worth of Michigan legends. On Day 2 you wake up at 6 a.m. and hit the field with your position coaches to learn fundamentals, possibly joining the ranks of the men on this planet who can claim they've been drilled by Greg Mattison on pad level.
You also review film, enjoy a pre-game meal, and finally get to suit up in the locker room, stand in the tunnel, and touch the banner while being played out by the greatest fight song this side of the galaxy.*
If that's not close enough to THE REAL THING™ for you, once you're registered send me an email and we'll put together an MGoBlog-style recruiting profile.
What's the Catch?
It costs money.
I have that. What's the cause?
Prostate cancer research. More specifically the Men of Michigan Prostate Cancer Research Fund. The university is at the vanguard of global research on prostate cancer, which is the most common form of cancer for men. The fund pays for research in gene fusion, hereditary risk, genetic screening techniques, and new drug therapies. There's more about the fund here. The short of it is there are few more active fronts in the battle of humans versus cancer than the research going on at Michigan, and that's what the fund supports.
Who came up with this?
The Michigan Men's Football Experience began in 2006, the brainchild of a prostate cancer survivor to honor the doctor who saved his life. The survivor was David Brandon (yes THAT David Brandon), then the CEO of Domino's. The doc was James Montie, then-chair of the U-M Department of Urology. Brandon approached Carr about the concept, and the two of them worked out the details. When he arrived in 2011, Brady Hoke was asked about continuing the tradition, to which he replied "Absolutely!"
Guru Reliability: High. Already long past eligibility, so unlikely to supplant Devin Gardner this year.
Variance: Low. Realistically your chances of playing in the NFL are going to be just about the same they were before you got here.
Ceiling: Low-plus. Role player of some variety, possibly important
General Excitement Level: Through the roof.
Projection: A spot isn't cheap, and they tend to move fast. Also a lot of little donations are just as important to the fund as a few biggies. If you are unable to attend, you can still donate here. If you have any questions, email Doreen at email@example.com.
* This is just opinion; there's a little ditty sung by a high school near Palomar I that is eerily similar to Bob Dylan's Like a Rolling Stone.
Thanks Seth, I'm 51, in relatively good health, and was diagnosed with prostate cancer about a month or so ago. To say I was surprised with the news would be an understatement.
Get those physicals fellas, their free, and early detection of prostate cancer is vital. A routine physical revealed my blood to have an elevated PSA level, a second test confirmed the first, and a biopsy of my prostate, (an uncomfortable procedure if there ever was one), confirmed cancer.
I will be getting my prostate removed in the next month or so. Because there is no evidence of the cancer spreading to other parts of my body from the prostate, I stand a pretty good shot of ridding my body of the cancer with the removal of my prostate, but.... you never know.
Yup, we got the same heritage. If you haven't heard about the FORCE conference it's a very well put together conference my family and I have been to a couple times. It really does a great job at objectively going over the facts of BRCA and the best ways of going about dealing with the mutation. It's specifically intended for women but it's pretty empowering from a male's perspective too, here's a link to the website if you're interested: http://www.facingourrisk.org/. My prayers go out to you and your family, I know this can be a difficult thing to deal with.
Best of luck in your treatment. I'm glad you decided to have the prostate removed. Over 10 years ago, my dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer and his doctor convinced him to try an alternative procedure. The prostate remains intact but is treated with radioactive seed implants. That treatment sucked and was virtually useless. Although my dad survived and is still alive today, his lifestyle has been unnecessarily compromised.
Get that prostate checked, fellas.
"the Spirit of Michigan...is based on a deathless loyalty to Michigan and all her ways....and a conviction that nowhere is there a better university, in any way, than this Michigan of ours" - Fielding Yost
Its obviously always great to help out a worthy cause, but its tenfold better when that cause is also helping out a fellow member. Especially one like yourself who's been a long-time contributor. Keep fighting the good fight!